Brass

All students receive a mixture of individual lessons and instrument-specific classes.

Brass students at the RNCM develop a broad range of professional skills, with studies in historical performance, chamber music, orchestral playing and jazz. International Tutors from Europe and the US visit regularly to offer supplementary expertise.

Recent Masterclasses

There are frequent masterclasses given by internationally renowned brass players, which have recently included trumpeters Alison Balsom, Tine Thing Helseth, Anthony Plog and Markus Stockhausen; trombonists Zoltan Kiss, Mark Templeton and Jiggs Whigham; tuba players Roger Bobo and Simon Styles, and horn player Jacques Deleplancque.

Alumni

The College’s brass graduates have active careers working across the world as soloists, band and orchestra members and teachers, including:

John Barber: Principal Trombone, Foden’s Band
Richard Brown: Principal Trombone, BBC Philharmonic
David Childs: International soloist, Euphonium
Owen Farr: Solo Tenor Horn, Cory Band
Tom Hutchinson: Principal Cornet, Cory Band
Tim Jackson: Principal Horn, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Simon Johnston: Principal Trombone, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Katrina Marzella: Solo baritone player, Black Dyke Band
Paul Milner: Bass Trombone, London Symphony Orchestra
Mark O’Keeffe: Principal Trumpet, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Tom Osborne: Trumpet, Hallé
Jamie Prophet: Principal Trumpet, BBC Philharmonic
Ben Thomson: Tuba, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
David Thornton: Esteemed Euphonium player and teacher
Martin Winter: Associate Principal Trumpet, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Dean Wright: Principal Trumpet, Welsh National Opera

Brass Staff

Head of School
Nicholas Thompson

Senior Tutor of Brass Band
Dr David Thornton BA, PPRNCM

Besson International Chair in Brass
Professor James Gourlay

International Chair in Brass Band
Professor David King

International Chair in Wind and Brass Pedagogy
Kristian Steenstrup

International Chair in Trumpet and Intuitive Music
Professor Markus Stockhausen

International Tutor in French Horn
Frøydis Ree Wekre

International Visiting Tutor in Horn
Jasper de Waal

International Tutor in Trombone
Zoltan Kiss

International Tutor in Jazz Trombone
Jiggs Whigham

Tutors in French Horn
Rebecca Goldberg GRNCM, PPRNCM, PGDipRNCM
Timothy Jackson
Julian Plummer GRNCM, PPRNCM
Lindsey Stoker GMusRNCM, PPRNCM

Tutor in Hand Horn
Rebecca Goldberg GRNCM, PPRNCM, PGDipRNCM

Tutors in Trumpet
Murray Greig GMusRNCM, MMus, PPRNCM
Professor John Miller MA,FGS, FRNCM
Rhys Owens DipRCM
Tracey Redfern BMus, PPRNCM, PGDipRNCM
Gareth Small GRSM, ARAM, LRAM, LTCL

Visiting Tutor in Trumpet
Mark O’Keeffe DipCSM, ALCM, LTCL, FTCL, PPRNCM, MMus

Tutor in Jazz Trumpet
Steve Waterman GTCL, HonARAM

Tutors in Natural Trumpet
David Blackadder
David Hendry GRNCM, PGDipRCM

Tutors in Cornet
Richard Marshall BA, LRSM
Professor Roger Webster MMus, PhD

Visiting Tutor in Cornet
Mark Wilkinson

Tutors in Trombone
Roger Cutts AGSM
Robert Holliday GRNCM, PPRNCM
Katy Jones
Helen Vollam (from September 2018)

Tutor in Bass Trombone
Christian Jones

Tutor in Sackbutt and Classical Trombone
Susan Addison ARCM(Hons), HonRAM, HonLRAM

Tutors in Tuba
Ewan Easton MBE
Robin Haggart BMus, LRAM, ARAM
Brian Kingsley ARCM

Besson Visiting Tutor of Tuba
Leslie Neish BMus (Hons), PGDip, PPRNCM

Tutors in Euphonium and Baritone Horn
Steven Mead BA, ALCM, FRNCM
Dr David Thornton BA, PPRNCM

Tutor in Tenor Horn
Owen Farr

Contact Us

School of Wind, Brass and Percussion 
E suzy.stonefield@rncm.ac.uk
T 0161 907 5265

Admissions and Course Enquiries
E admissions@rncm.ac.uk
T 0161 907 5465

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